Yesmine Ben Khelil

Born in 1986 in Tunis, she lives and works both in Tunis and Paris.


In her work on paper, Yesmine Ben Kehlil reappropriates images she has found on the internet: old photographs, books, or archive documents and incorporates them into drawings done with felt tip pens, pencils, ink and paint. In « J’ai tenu parole » (2015), a series based on a propaganda document published by the Tunisian government in 1963, the artist establishes an ironic relationship between the past and present of her country. Using superposition, the drawings can be seen through the depth of the book’s pages. A poetic montage of the images of yesteryear with those of today enables the artist to raise the issue of the rewriting of history and the representation of reality in a world transformed by the constant ow of information.

Yesmine Ben Khelil received a degree in Plastic Arts and Sciences of Art from the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She participated in Réenchantements, the main exhibition of the 12th Dakar Biennale (2016), as well as in a collective exhibition at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam in Paris (2016).

Yesmine Ben Khelil’s work explores, develops, and captures a world of speculative beings mined from internet searches and stock imagery. So-called characters are then immortalized in ink, pencil, or pastel portraits, a process that serves to question the reality or truth of their derivative image. These drawings are often placed against or into old literary editions, challenging the schemata of the book.

Ben Khelil received a master’s degree in Plastic Arts and Sciences of Art from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. Solo exhibitions include History of Haunting, Escalier B, Bordeaux (2016) The Universe is Expanding, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis (2016). Works have been presented at Nanjing International Art Festival, Baijia Lake Museum, Nanjing (2016); Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2016) and Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris (2016).



Solo Exhibitions

2022 : New Flesh, La boite_Un lieu d’art contemporain, Tunis.

2021 : Chrysanthème forever, B7L9 , Tunis.

2020 : Tout est rose là bas, au crépuscule, Galerie Maia Muller, Paris.

2016 : History of haunting, L’escalier B, Bordeaux.

2015 : The Universe is Expanding, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis.

Group Exhibitions

2019 :
Cut and Past, Galerie Maia Muller, Paris.

2018 :
Gorgi Pluriel – Résonances, Talan L’expo – A.Gorgi Gallery, Tunis.
Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Chengdu, China

2017 :
Parrallel Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
The black sphinx. From Morocco to Madagascar, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan.
Le jour qui vient, La galerie des galeries, Paris.

2016 :
Nanjing International Festival, Baijia Lake museum, China.
3ajel/le temps reel, Talan L’expo – A.Gorgi Gallery, Tunis.
Reenchantement, Biennale de Dakar, Senegal.
Effervescence, Institut des cultures d’islam, Paris.
DDessin, La petite collection, Espace CO2, Paris.

2015 :
Réminiscences, Talan L’expo – A.Gorgi Gallery, Tunis.

2014 :
Turbulence project Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy.
Portrait Redux, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis.

2013 :
Portraits. Selma Feriani Gallery, London.
Young little monsters, Hope Contemporary Gallery, Tunis.

2012 :
Printemps des arts/ Art Fair Tunis, palais el abdeleya, Tunis.

2011 :
Arab Springs. 9eme Rencontres de Bamako, Bamako.